Southern Africa Safari Experience

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 10 Days | Johannesburg to Maun
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Witness nature's greatest spectacles on an 18-day safari to some of Africa’s celebrated national parks, including Kruger and Chobe. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife walk with a researcher in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, drive through Hwange National Park in search of large herds of elephants, and sit down to a family dinner at a private home near Victoria Falls. Our small group size ensures maximum exposure to everything this region has to offer.

Trip Highlights

    • Meet with a representative from the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project to learn about ongoing conservation projects in the delta.
    • Enjoy dinner at a family homestead in Zimbabwe, and hear from local storytellers in Botswana.
    • Go on safari with a researcher with the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, part of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

Itinerary - 18 Days

Day 1 — Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Day 2 — Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park. This evening, enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

Day 3 — Kruger National Park

Embark on a morning game drive through Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, and giraffes. Afterward, opt to take an afternoon safari drive or a wildlife bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole--a popular spot for animals to visit.

Day 4 — Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, enjoy a lecture with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. Afterward, the researcher will join us on our evening game drive.

Day 5 — Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos–Africa's famed "big five." Later, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds, or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.

Days 6 & 7 — Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

After one last game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house. Fly to Zimbabwe. Gain insight into what life’s like in Africa with a walk through a local market and dinner at a family homestead. Meet the family, learn their history, and share stories as you help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner.

Days 8 & 9 — Victoria Falls

Enjoy a morning tour of beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, white-water rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls. Spend the next day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go white-water rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Days 10 & 11 — Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park

Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) Conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. Afterward, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at our lodge, located just outside the park entrance, and have dinner. The next day, take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park, which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and rare African wild dogs. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife that visits the lodge's watering hole.

Days 12 & 13 — Hwange National Park/Chobe National Park

Our final morning in Hwange allows for an optional safari drive or walk, before we cross the border into Botswana and arrive in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. The next morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.

Days 14, 15, & 16 — Kasane/Okavango Delta

Catch a flight into the panhandle area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with a member from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area. The next day, explore the stunning Delta Panhandle with local guides amd enjoy wildlife viewing from mokoros, African dugout canoes, and on bush walks. We'll also visit a fish monitoring station and a local village. This evening, stay at a bush camp on one of the remote islands within the delta. Here, we enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring camp fire, sitting back and listening to the night calls of the delta wildlife. Depart from our island camp the next morning and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, enjoy the deck overlooking the lagoon with hidden seating areas and a fire pit, perfect for stargazing.

Day 17 — Okavango Delta/Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Day 18 — Maun

Depart at any time.

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.


  • May 01 - 18, 2018
  • May 08 - 25, 2018 (sold out)
  • May 22 - Jun 08, 2018
  • Jun 05 - 22, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 19 - Jul 06, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 03 - 20, 2018
  • Jul 17 - Aug 03, 2018
  • Jul 24 - Aug 10, 2018
  • Aug 07 - 24, 2018
  • Aug 21 - Sep 07, 2018
  • Sep 04 - 21, 2018
  • Sep 11 - 28, 2018
  • Sep 18 - Oct 05, 2018
  • Sep 25 - Oct 12, 2018
  • Oct 02 - 19, 2018
  • Oct 16 - Nov 02, 2018
  • Oct 30 - Nov 16, 2018
  • Nov 27 - Dec 14, 2018
  • Jan 05 - 22, 2019
  • Jan 19 - Feb 05, 2019
  • Feb 02 - 19, 2019
  • Feb 09 - 26, 2019
  • Feb 16 - Mar 05, 2019
  • Feb 23 - Mar 12, 2019
  • Mar 09 - 26, 2019
  • Mar 23 - Apr 09, 2019
  • Apr 27 - May 14, 2019
  • May 04 - 21, 2019
  • May 18 - Jun 04, 2019
  • Jun 01 - 18, 2019
  • Jun 15 - Jul 02, 2019
  • Jun 22 - Jul 09, 2019
  • Jun 29 - Jul 16, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 23, 2019
  • Jul 13 - 30, 2019
  • Jul 20 - Aug 06, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 13, 2019
  • Aug 03 - 20, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 27, 2019
  • Aug 17 - Sep 03, 2019
  • Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2019
  • Aug 31 - Sep 17, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 24, 2019
  • Sep 14 - Oct 01, 2019
  • Sep 21 - Oct 08, 2019
  • Sep 28 - Oct 15, 2019
  • Oct 05 - 22, 2019
  • Oct 12 - 29, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 12, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 26, 2019
  • Nov 30 - Dec 17, 2019
  • Dec 07 - 24, 2019
  • Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 07, 2020
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 14, 2020

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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What To Expect

For flights into the delta, there is a per person weight restriction of 33 pounds (15 kg) for checked baggage and 10 pounds (5 kg) for hand luggage. Because the planes are small, the airline also requires weight information for each passenger. Your CEO will collect this information from you privately at the beginning of the trip.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Hotels (6 nights), safari lodges/camps (6 nights), comfortable safari tent (2 nights), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nights), bush camp (1 night)

Meals Included
16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 12 dinners. Allow an additional $330–435 for meals not included.

Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, boat, mokoro

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

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Southern Africa Safari Experience Full Itinerary